PUBLIC HEALTH RISKS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Guest:  Professor Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, Director, UW Global Health Institute

It is the politics of climate change that is unsettled – not the science, says Professor Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH who is an expert on global health and the impact climate change is having on it.  In addition to Director of the UW Global Health Institute, Professor Patz served as co-chair of the Health Report for the first U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change in 2000 and has been a lead author for 15 years on the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

On this program, Dr. Patz talks about the specifics of the growing threat climate change is having on public health:  the impact of rising temperatures, air pollution which is causing the death of 7 million people every year, insect-born diseases and the rise of the zika virus, and water sources and food supplies which have put 850 million people at risk for malnutrition – a number that will continue to grow.

Jonathan Patz also shares his views on what the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord will mean.

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM’S CONTINUED ROLE IN THE FUTURE OF WISCONSIN

Guests:  Dee J. Hall, Co-Founder/Managing Editor;  Lauren Fuhrmann, Associate Director; Coburn Dukehart, Digital and Multimedia Director, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism continues to be recognized for their ground-breaking stories that affect the lives of Wisconsin residents.  On this program, Dee Hall shares details behind “Failure at the Faucet,” the award-winning story that reported polluted water is right here in Wisconsin, and their in-depth report on the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.

Joining Dee are Lauren Fuhrmann, a recognized emerging leader in the field of journalism, and Coburn Dukehart.  Their roles represent the Center’s future direction to ensure its sustainability as well as move into the multimedia world of news reporting and follow the impact their investigative reports have on policy.

All Center for Investigative Journalism stories can be found on wisconsinwatch.org.

AN ANCIENT APPROACH TO BAKING FOR BETTER HEALTH

Guest:  Diana Konkle, author, baker, nutritionist, health advocate

Have you heard of einkorn?  It is an ancient grain that has a simple gluten structure compared to modern wheat.  Einkorn is the flour used by Wisconsin author Diana Konkle in the recipes she shares in her new cookbook, Baking with Einkorn – Modern Recipes for an Ancient Grain.

For 24 years, Diana sweetened the palates of thousands of devoted fans when she owned Diana’s Confections Connections in Sun Prairie.  After Diana sold her business, she took a proactive approach to her own health.  She had gained 75 pounds, had difficulty sleeping and minor digestive issues.  Recognizing the effect that processed sugar and flour had on her health, Diana started on a mission to change her diet.

On this program, Diana shares what she discovered on her journey to better health.

For those interested in learning more, Diana will be presenting a free class at the Oilerie in Sun Prairie on August 8. Reservations can be by calling 608-535-1300.

WISCONSIN GERRYMANDERING GOES TO THE SUPREME COURT

Guests:  Richard Leffler, Ph.D., Editor Emeritus of the Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution;  Gerald Thain, Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up an appeal over electoral districts in Wisconsin after a lower court ruled that the state’s Republican-drawn map constitutes an “unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.”  The Supreme Court has not ruled on “purely partisan gerrymanders” since 2004.  Why Wisconsin?  Why now?
Answers to these questions and more – including an explanation of what the Constitution says about the Emoluments Clause and Filibuster Rule – can be heard on this program.  Guests Richard Leffler and Gerald Thain share their expertise on what the Constitution says about these important topics, the original intent of the Founding Fathers, and how their carefully crafted wording relates to today.

CRAFTING YOUR RETIREMENT

Guest:  Mary Helen Conroy, Life Coach, Speaker, Author

“Life’s a daring adventure, and I’m not done yet,” exclaims Mary Helen Conroy who is also co-founder of the podcast retireerebels.com.  Every day 10,000 people retire, but that is just the beginning of another extended chapter in their lives many are quickly finding out.  What to do with these bonus years is the focus of Mary Helen Conroy’s own retirement years which led to the suggestions she offers in her Itty Bitty Retirement Book: Ready; Set; Retire.

On this program, you will hear Mary Helen Conroy’s story of her transition to retirement and some of her 15 Essential Tips for You, the Nearly and Newly Retired.